How to Finally End Lead Poisoning in America

Lead is a devastating poison. It damages children’s brains, erodes intelligence, diminishes creativity and the ability to weigh consequences and make good decisions, impairs language skills, shortens attention span, and predisposes to hyperactive and aggressive behavior. Lead exposure in early childhood is linked to later increased risk for dyslexia and school failure. When lead exposure is widespread, it can undermine the economic productivity and sustainability of entire societies.

Lead is a silent poison. In most children, lead wreaks its havoc in the absence of any obvious signs or symptoms. Infants in the womb and children under the age of 5 are the most vulnerable. Research has shown that higher levels of exposure are the most dangerous, but that no level of lead is safe.

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